Can anyone identify this plant about 3 foot tall by 3 foot across growing in full sun on well drained ground
I think that it is some sort of Eupatorium. Flowers are loved by insects, can be a bit invasive and in my bog garden it grows to about 6 feet tall and i love it.
I agree with Punkdc
Thanks, might give it a miss if it's invasive but a beatiful plant .
Take a walk along the Wirral Way behind Parkate and you will see how invasive it can be where suited.
I don't find it runs much in my soil, I only have a bog garden in the dormant season. But it does seed everywhere if it gets a chance.
I love it and want some! Does it come in white?
It looks a bit like himalayan balsam to me, or very similar but may not be as its usually taller with hollow stems. If it is get rid, its a pernicious imported weed from the victorian era which is fast becoming and enviromental disaster on any wet ground and on our waterways.
there was an article on this plant on last weeks gardeners world with carol klein - someone grows many different varieties of it -joe pie weed. (not the guy that gows it!! - sorry I'm a bit tired) It grows randomly in my garden too - in amongst my varigated wigelia in particular. I think it likes the support!!
Definately not Himalayan Balsom plenty of that round here flower configuration is very different this has platelets of flower similar to achillea.
UW, this one is called Eupatorium cannabinum, Hemp-agrimony. It's a common native plant throughout Europe.
Stacey, they should come in white too (E. can. 'Album'). They are quite hard to find but otherwise you could also try E. perfoliatum.
E. rugosum - in 2 wheel's link - is quite well behaved and very white. Doesn't look much like the one in the pic though.
Very true Nutcutlet and that one also has a variety with lovely dark red/ brown foliage: E. rug. 'Chocolate'. Looks gorgeous combined with Echinaceas and ornamental grasses!
Thanks Flowerchild I've been trying to pin down which one it was.
It is Eupatorium cannabinum as has been said, I think it's worth noting that it's the best native plant for butterflies and other pollinating insects. I've only had it in my garden for three years but I've not yet had any problem with it spreading vegetatively, nor by seed. In fact I've divided all of mine this year to spread it. Though it isn't in a bog garden or by a pond. I suppose it will eventually seed itself but not yet despite me shaking it around the garden like some kind of shaman. It's been grown for centuries in gardens and is a favourite for herbaceous borders.